What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural sleep-like state in which, through relaxation and mindfulness techniques you drift into a state of deep relaxation whereby the mind becomes highly focused and responsive to suggestion. Hypnosis is a means of accessing your inner mind, known as your subconscious, to reconnect with yourself, enabling you to access your inner potential and make positive changes in your life.

Hypnosis involves the slowing down of brainwaves. Imagine brainwaves like radio waves with a range of different speeds and frequencies. When we are alert or concentrating very hard, our brainwaves will be in Beta, which is our fast, focused everyday mode. Being hypnotised slows down our brainwaves moving them into the slower Alpha brainwave range. In this state we can be present, calm, aware, alert yet relaxed. This as a light hypnotic trance.

The further relaxed we are, the more our brainwaves slow down. Hypnosis allows us to shift into Theta waves, which is our main brainwave pattern for sleeping and dreaming. However, in hypnosis you stay awake, even though you may feel extremely relaxed. The slowest, deepest waves are Delta and these are reached in very deep sleep or the deepest hypnotic trance.

What does a hypnotic trance feel like?

Everyone has their own unique experience of hypnosis. Some people are able to relax effortlessly and can achieve deep levels of trance, whilst others may experience lighter trances. Many people report feeling varying waves of levels of consciousness. You may be aware and consciously listening to me one moment, and then wake up later, having lost track of time and space.

Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of people, but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the change you want to happen in your life. If there is any part of you that resists the suggestions then we can explore why you felt the resistance. 

A hypnotic trance is incredibly relaxing. You may feel on the cusp of sleep, almost treading the fine line between sleep and consciousness. You are aware of your surroundings and background noise, but you feel detached from them. Memories may surface, emotions may be released, or you may experience a heightened sense of awareness. 

Some common misconceptions 

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not involve being put into a deep sleep (although some clients become so relaxed they may drift off).

 I cannot make you do anything you don't want to do. You remain fully aware of your surroundings and your situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command by myself. 

In order for hypnotherapy to work, you have to want the suggestions to work for you. You must desire the change.